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Comedy Movies 2017 – Guide

– NOVEMBER –

A Bad Moms Christmas
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Susan Sarandon
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Out: November 3, 2017

The three under-appreciated and over-burdened gals (Kunis, Hahn, Bell) consider rebelling against the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a perfect time for their families wasn’t hard enough, they’ll have to do it while hosting their own mothers (Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski). By the end, they will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their moms… And if you like that plot you can watch it again a week later in ‘Daddy’s Home 2’. The writer-directors of last year’s original return. ‘Bad Moms’ fed the ongoing confusion over why Mila Kunis is a leading lady, given she’s neither funny nor a good actress (see ‘Oz’, ‘Jupiter Rising’ etc). It was a struggle to get through. Any fans will get more of the same here. Moms rebelling against motherhood had some concept potential, but bad behavior at Christmas is an old as Christmas comedies. [Critics: 30%] [Public: 5.5] – Mediocre

Daddy’s Home 2
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena, Linda Cardellini
Director: Sean Anders
Out: November 10, 2017

The competing fathers (Ferrell, Wahlberg) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. But their newfound partnership is put to the test when Wahlberg’s old-school, macho Dad (Gibson) and Ferrell’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (Lithgow) arrive just in time to intrude and throw the holiday into complete chaos… The director and writers of the 2015 original return. That did a good job of finding comic angles for a fundamentally sad and unfunny premise (a father trying to push out the stepdad). Now that meddling grandfathers are the focus it’ll be a more comfortable watch, probably sporadically amusing, and likely even more forgettable. Farrell and Wahlberg have a proven chemistry (also see ‘The Other Guys’). Mel Gibson is an interesting cast but just doesn’t look comfortable. [Critics: 19%] [Public: 6.0] – Mediocre

– DECEMBER –

The Disaster Artist
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron
Director: James Franco
Out: December 1, 2017
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Biographical comedy depicting the friendship of oddball Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), the filmmaker behind the 2003 cult film ‘The Room’, and his co-star Sestero (Dave Franco), including the making of the film. Seth Rogen plays the script supervisor, and Zac Efron is the actor portraying “Chris-R”… ‘The Room’ is considered one of the worst films ever, made hilariously watchable by its bizarre decisions and unexpected emphasis. This is based on the “making of” book, adapted by the screenwriters of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, and ‘500 Days of Summer’. Director James Franco says to expect a “a combination of ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘The Master'”. The real Tommy Wiseau is a fascinatingly eccentric character, inviting amusement, hatred, sympathy, confusion and ridicule just for starters – it might be Franco’s greatest acting challenge to capture it. Rogen and Franco went offbeat and found box office success with ‘Sausage Party’ last year. ‘The Masterpiece’s’ deep examination of a cult film might seem too narrow in appeal but exploration of bad filmmaking worked wonderfully for Tim Burton’s ‘Ed Wood’, even if audiences hadn’t seen ‘Plan 9’. Franco himself is a pretty odd director, veering his previous films toward art pieces more than traditional stories. If he can manage to avoid the arty approach, this should be extremely amusing. It’s already hilarious that an all-star cast (which also includes Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alison Brie, Melanie Griffith and Sharon Stone) is turning all their talents to restaging a terrible no-budget movie. [Critics: 91%] [Public: 7.4] – Excellent

Just Getting Started
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Ron Shelton
Out: December 8, 2017

A pedestrian comedy in the vein of ‘Midnight Run’ about an ex-FBI agent (Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program (Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the retirement home golf course to fend off a mob hit… Writer-director Ron Shelton has made great sports movies, but his last flick was the drab action-comedy ‘Hollywood Homicide’ way back in 2003. There hasn’t been a memorable golden-oldie comedy in a long time, despite a couple of attempts every year. This looks tired and sagging in every way. [Critics: 5%] [Public: 4.3] – Avoid

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas
Director: Jake Kasdan
Out: December 20, 2017
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Four teens in detention (‘Breakfast Club’-style) get sucked into the Jumanji videogame where they take on new “avatar” forms (played by Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan) to locate a jewel in the same jungle that Alan Parrish escaped 20 years earlier. To succeed they’ll need to change the way they think about themselves… Jack Black is “occupied” by an image-obsessed girl, Johnson by a squeamish phobic nerd, and Hart by a 7-foot basketball player. The movie’s focus is on having fun with videogame conventions, such as the characters getting stuck watching a cutscene. Johnson says this ‘Jumanji’ isn’t a reboot or a remake, but rather a sequel to the terrific original film and a tribute to Robin Williams. That feels awkward though because the game now works completely differently and the project has had to fend off plenty of internet anger (see: ‘Ghostbusters’) because (a) it’s being made, (b) it’s no longer a charming boardgame, (c) the trailers make it look lowbrow dumb and (d) it’s only a couple of years after Robin Williams’ death (just like the Ghostbusters reboot was catalysed by Egon’s death). But after the weak marketing, critics have been surprised by the finished film’s entertainment value. Some say it’s one of the best videogame-themed movies out there. [Critics: 76%] [Public: 7.0] – Excellent

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  • Waldo Blasetti said

    Hi, thanks for discussing your ideas.

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  • Isser said

    For me 2017 was the best year for comedy movies compared to previous years and I vote for Fist Fight, it rocked me the most.

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  • Weeigy said

    Fist Fight and How to be A Latin Lover are the best comedy movie of 2017. I have watched them when I am sad. It makes me feel happy and I really enjoyed them.

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